Onondaga Nation to File Historic International Appeal
On Tuesday, April 15 at 11:00 am
in front of The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC
members of the Onondaga Nation will file a petition against the United States with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). They invite supporters to join them.
More background information below…
To join in ride-sharing from Syracuse (leaving between 1 and 3 am that morning, contact Andy, 315-559-7058. If you’re interested in helping organizing carpooling from other parts of the region, contact Andy as well.
For those in Central New York, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation has organized a gathering, Support the Onondaga Nation’s Quest for Justice on Thursday, April 17 at 5 pm at the Syracuse Inner Harbor, 412 Spencer St, Syracuse, NY map.
We know that few people will be able to come to Washington, DC on short notice on a weekday, so wanted to suggest additional ways to lend support.
1) Organize a local support action in your community. Possible venues could include sites where we gathered last year during the paddle or polluted sites in your community (since environmental protection is so central to the Onondaga message).
2) Write a letter to the editor of local papers expressing your support. If the Two Row Campaign came through your community, referring to it would help add some local relevance.
Since 1788, 2.5 million acres of land have been stolen from the Onondaga Nation by New York State, and the failure of the domestic court system has left the Nation with no choice but to seek assistance for human rights violations from the international community.
Chiefs, clanmothers, nation citizens and non-native supporters will demonstrate in front of the White House with the 1794 Canandaigua Treaty belt, commissioned by President George Washington to signify peace and friendship as guaranteed by the treaty.
The Nation is not seeking evictions, monetary damages or a casino. Instead, it is asking to continue a healing process between themselves and others who live in the region, and for a ruling that would allow the Nation to continue its role as an environmental steward of the land it conserved for centuries.